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Michigan - Niagara Preview

The Wolverines welcome the Niagara Purple Eagles to Yost for a Friday game

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Who: Michigan vs Niagara

Where: Yost Ice Arena

When: Friday, 7:35pm

Niagara heads to Yost holding a 0-5-2 record with losses to St. Lawrence, Clarkson, Robert Morris and Cornell. Their most recent game was a 1-1 tie against Penn State.

The Purple Eagles haven't been great in either zone this season. They rank 58th in scoring averaging 1.57 goals per game and 57th in goals allowed at 4.00. Special teams have been equally dismal; the Niagara power play ranks 52nd and their penalty kill is 57th.

Dan Kolenda, Nick Farmer and Derian Plouffe have two goals each; no other player on the team has more than one.

What To Watch: Michigan

Goaltending in the big mystery here. Neither Zach Nagelvoort or Steve Racine has looked good this year and with Boston University coming up Red Berenson has to figure something out. Berenson hasn't ruled out the possibility that Chad Catt could get a shot.

Both special teams units need to use this game as an opportunity to fine tune their play. Michigan's power play has been bad only converting three times, so tonight isn't a bad night to try new things.

The blueline needs a dominating performance starting with areas of the game that competition has no bearing on. Line changes need to be crisp, limit the turnovers and try to go an entire game without giving up a 2-on-1.